When: Mon., Nov. 5, 8 p.m. 2012
"Sheena Is a T-shirt Salesman," the opening track and first single from Future of the Left's recent third full-length, The Plot Against Common Sense (Xtra Mile), distills into two minutes or so most of what's great about Andy Falkous's gruff noise rock (which has been great at least since his time in the beloved Mclusky). It's pissed off and distorted and punk, with sneering melodies and more than a bit of sharp-elbowed snark. Songs like "Sheena" are my favorites because Falkous has a rare skill for skewering every target in range—both on his bands' albums and at any other time ever—but Future of the Left can temper the rage with a keyboard-heavy song such as "Cosmo's Ladder," which is closer to chilled-out postpunk than to screaming and gouts of feedback. With cleaner production and fewer gut punches than 2009's Travels With Myself and Another—the departure of founding bassist Kelson Mathias might have something to do with it, but I doubt it—The Plot Against Common Sense doesn't quite match its predecessors' vitriol. But it's still Andy Falkous, and he's still spitting nails. —Kevin Warwick Andrew Jackson Jihad headlines.